The 30th issue of FORUM invites articles and book reviews that look at Creative Resistance and how it emerges in different forms, in different cultures.Read more about CfP Issue 30: Creative Resistance
FORUM Postgraduate Journal Call for Papers, Issue 29 (2019): Co-Creation and Collaboration
Art forms such as opera, theatre and dance routinely remind us of the power of ensemble performance, but examples of collaborative practice can also be found in fields more usually associated with solo activity. Artists’ colonies and shared studios fostered close working relationships between painters such as Picasso and Braque, and Gilbert & George have spent their whole working lives as a collaborative duo. In poetry, the Japanese renga form is a structured but improvised collaboration; Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads marked a notable attempt at a joint venture; Eliot’s The Waste Land was transformed by Pound’s editorial input. Current academic research often foregrounds interdisciplinary approaches, while theories of intertextuality emphasise the interconnectivity of different works and the reader’s interpretive role in a text’s meaning.
But artistic dialogues can also be combative and provocative, as in medieval flyting, the Dozens, and rap battles. Drawing on the works of others may result in appropriation, pastiche, parody or plagiarism. Historically, collaboration can be problematic or even dangerous: during wartime it became a dirty word, the opposite of resistance. In our increasingly polarised ideological landscape, is political compromise achievable, or even desirable?
For issue 29 of FORUM we seek submissions from a range of disciplines which engage with concepts of co-creation, collaboration, co-authorship and cooperation. Submissions may relate to, but are not limited to:
- Artistic partnerships, collectives and cooperatives
- Knowledge exchange in and between universities and learned societies
- Translation and adaptation
- Citation, allusion, palimpsests, sampling, satire, pastiche and parody
- Oral and folk traditions
- Open source publishing and online collaborations
FORUM is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate students working in culture and the arts. Authors must be current postgraduate students, or must have completed their postgraduate degree no more than three years ago. Formatted according to MLA guidelines, papers must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length, and book reviews around 1,250 words. FORUM also considers multimedia or alternative presentations for publication.
Please e-mail your article or book review, a short abstract, and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .doc(x) files to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit online at forumjournal.org by 1 October, 2019. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.Read more about CfP Issue 29: Co-creation and collaboration
FORUM Call for Papers, Issue 28 (2019): Walls
Schott, Lorelei. Walls or Gates?. 2018.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, it seems apropos to speak of walls. Yes, walls. In the current political climate, walls divide and separate. They draw the line between ‘us’ and ‘them’. In everyday life, they delineate and create the spaces we inhabit. Yet, these divisions are not always necessarily physical. In mainland China, for example, the Great Firewall restricts access to the internet. Abroad we might find it difficult to communicate because of the language barrier. In effect, it seems that walls stand between us and others, between us and the outside world.
In art and literature, however, walls sometimes come to stand for something else. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” they come to criticize and denounce the rest cure and the patriarchy. In Virginia Woolf’s “The Mark on the Wall” they are the springboard for philosophical meditations. Whereas, in Finnegans Wake, Humpty Dumpty’s fall is in many ways the catalyst for James Joyce’s archetypal, kaleidoscopic, polyphonic, multilingual, and cyclical rewriting of history. In visual art, walls become the medium. With the application of paint or of plaster, walls are turned into murals and frescoes. In Mexico, for example, the politically charged murals of Los Tres Grandes unified people in the aftermath of the revolution. Despite appearing mundane and uninspiring, walls have symbolic value in political, religious, cultural, and artistic spheres.
In this issue of FORUM we seek and encourage contributions which engage with the concept of walls in its largest expression. We invite you to think about physical walls, psychological hurdles, and invisible barriers, whether they separate and divide or bring people together.
Papers must be between 3000 to 5000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines.
FORUM is also considering academic book reviews (1,250 words) and multimedia or alternative presentations for publication.
Please e-mail your article, a short abstract, and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .doc(x) files to email@example.com or submit through the website by 15 February, 2019. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.Read more about CfP Issue 28: Walls
FORUM Call for Papers, Issue 27 (2018): The Gaze
Mary Cassatt, ‘In the Loge’ (1878)
The gaze is essential to the ownership and interpretation of art. Even as the woman in Cassatt’s ‘In the Loge’ gazes at the action onstage, she herself is being observed by the man in the background. In The London Review of Books, Julian Barnes writes: ‘It’s as if he’s telling her: don’t forget that the male gaze rules here, my good woman.’ From Jane Austen to #metoo, the recognition and subversion of the dominant gaze has repeatedly shed new light on cultural hierarchies.
Issue 27 of FORUM seeks contributions from a wide range of disciplines concerning the gaze, recognition, and identification. All aspects of culture and identity can be said to be subject to a form of the gaze - how does an art form interact with its audience? How does the presence of the gaze affect the ownership of a medium? How is the gaze redirected in subversive art? Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- Visibility and readership of subjugated narratives
- Digital humanities and contemporary audiences
- The #metoo movement and the male gaze
- Queer audiences and popular culture
- The gaze and hierarchical structures
- The male gaze in art and literature
- The onlooker in visual art
- Cinema audiences in the 21st century
- The ‘selfie’ and social media viewership
- Interactions of the audience with live performance
- The gaze in canonical literature
- The gaze and sexual identity
- Historical perspectives on sight and reception
- The mutual gaze
Papers must be between 3,000 – 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines.
FORUM is also considering academic book reviews (1,000 words) and multimedia or alternative presentations for publication.
Please e-mail your article, a short abstract, and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .doc(x) files to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 September, 2018. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.
Postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh is seeking papers for the Latest Learning Colloquy.
A number of papers by colloquy participants will be selected for publication in a special issue of FORUM.Read more about What's new in LLC?
A big thank-you to all our delegates and academic guests who joined us last month for ReVision: Editing Across Disciplines.
We hope everyone enjoyed the conference and took away something useful: according to our feedback forms (thanks to all who filled in!) it seems that the workshops were particularly interesting, as was the diverse range of disciplines gathered together on various panels. We were glad to hear you all felt relaxed and enjoyed the friendly feedback and peer support the delegates at the conference provided, whilst managing to ensure all papers were professional and up to date. You can check out the pictures and download a copy of the programme here!Read more about Conference Thank You!